December 9, 2021

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Five euros more, five times more power

The smallest device in the range offers a worthy upgrade, and with increased performance for a few euros.

The Raspberry Pi has gradually established itself as one of the best microcomputers on the market. This adorable little beast is now available in various versions like the more economical Raspberry Pi Zero. He also sees his family tree lasting with his arrival Raspberry Pi Zero 2W.

For those unfamiliar with the brand, the term Zero refers to the less powerful, but smaller and more economical range of raspberries. When it was released in 2015, the original Zero sold for a ridiculous price, about € 5 each. This new version is a little more expensive and sells for around 14.

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On the other hand, prices are not only rising; We see the same trend in terms of performance. This device is entitled to the new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards, but above all gets the same SoC as the Raspberry Pi 3. This Broadcom BCM2710A features a 4-core ARM Cortex-A53 chip at 1 GHz, all with 512 MB of RAM.

Pi Zero is not big, but it is solid

Admittedly, this chip is already almost seven years old. But Zero is traditionally a low-capacity device in range; Until then, even at the size of these small devices, it had to be satisfied with very, very little power. So the old flagship SoC game needs to be radically changed. On paper, we expect Very high performance. In multithreading, they can be five times more than zero w Foundation.

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Despite this update, do not consider the size of the Raspberry Foundation; These beautiful innovations apply The same PCB as its predecessors. So this Zero 2W retains the usual small 65mm * 31mm design. The same goes for food; This Zero 2W requires a little more generic 2W power. The rest of the connections, including the GPIO pins, remain the same. No need to review your entire installation!

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Its price is a bit high and its Increased performance, This The already excellent price-performance ratio is almost unbeatable. So, this is a great candidate for your fun, educational or home automation projects … at least for those who get their hands on it before the shortage starts again, there is currently a small stock available on various platforms. Etc. குபியி.